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I would sooner marry the first ploughboy I see, it is now eleven ; while you have been could find in the fields."

wandering about alone with my brother in • Julie, - you need not insult him.” the darki No; I will not go so early

“ I will have no more of your Julie; and morning as that. To-morrow is Saturday I will have no more of you.” As she said - you.was to remain till Tuesday.” this she rose from her chair, and walked " You may do as you please. I shall go about the room. “ You have betrayed me, at eight to morrow. and there shall be an end of it."

“ Very well. You go at eight, very well. Betrayed you! what nonsense you talk. And who will pay for the beels' when you In what have I betrayed you ?”

are gone, Lady Ongar? “You set him upon my track here, “ I have already ordered the bill up tothough you knew I desired to avoid him.” morrow morning. If you will allow me to

" Ănd is that all? I was coming here to offer you twenty pounds, that will bring this detestable island, and I told my broth- you to London when you please to follow."

That is my offence, - and then you “ Twenty pounds! What is twenty talk of betraying! Julie, you sometimes pounds ? No; I will not have your twenty are a goose.

pounds.” And she pushed away from her Very often, no doubt; but, Madame the two notes which Lady Ongar had alGordeloup, if you please we will be geese ready put upon the table.

“Who is to apart for the future."

pay me for the loss of all my time? Tell " Oh, certainly; – if you wish it." me that. I have devoted myself to you. “I do wish it."

Who will pay me for that?” “ It cannot hurt me. I can choose my “ Not I certainly, Madame Gordeloup." friends anywhere.

The world is open to “ Not you! You will not pay me for my me to go where I please into society. I time ; — for a whole year I bave been deam not at a loss."

voted to you! You will not pay nie, and All this Lady Ongar well understood, but you send me away in this way? By Gar, she could bear it without injury to her tem- you will be made to pay, — through the per. Such revenge was to be expected nose.” from such a woman. "I do not want you

As the interview was becoming unpleasto be at a loss,” she said. “I only want ant, Lady Ongar took her candle and you to understand that after what has this went away to bed, leaving the twenty evening occurred between your brother and pounds on the table. As she left the room me, our acquaintance had better cease." she knew that the money was there, but

“ And I am to be punished for my she could not bring herself to pick it up and brother ?”

restore it to her pocket. It was improb“You said just now that it would be no able, she thought, that Madame Gordeloup punishment, and I was glad to hear it. would leave it to the mercy of the waiters; Society is, as you say, open to you, and you and the chances were that the notes would will lose nothing."

go into the pocket for which they were in“Of course society is open to me. Have tended. I committed myself? I am not talked And such was the result. Sophie, when about for my lovers by all the town. Why she was left alone, got up from her seat, and should I be at a loss ? No.”

stood for some moments on the

rug, making • I shall return to London to-morrow by her calculations. That Lady Ongar should the earliest opportunity. I have already be very angry about Count Pateroff's prestold them so, and have ordered a carriage ence Sophie had expected; but she had to go to Yarmouth at eight."

not expected that her friend's anger would you leave me here, alone !" be carried to such extremity that she would “ Your brother is here, Madame Gorde- pronounce a sentence of banishment for loup."

life. But, perhaps, after all, it might be My brother is nothing to me. You well for Sophie herself that such sentence know weil that. He can come and he can should be carried out. This fool of a wogo when he please. I come here to follow man with her income, her 'park, and her you, to be companion to you, to oblige rank, was going to give herself,

- so said you, -- and now you say you go and leave Sophie to berself, – to a young, handsome, me in this detestable barrack. "If I am here proud pig of a fellow, so Sophie called alone, I will be revenged.".

him, who had already shown himself to * You shall back with me if you wish be Sophie's enemy, and who would certainly it."

find no place for Sophie Gordeloup within " At eight o'clock in the morning, and his house. Might it not be well that the

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quarrel should be consummated now, But Lady Ongar had stoutly determined
* such compensation being obtained as might that there should be no further intimacy,
possibly be extracted. Sophie certainly and had reflected that a better occasion for
knew a good deal, which it might be for the a quarrel could hardly be vouchsafed to her
convenience of the future husband to keep than that afforded by Sophie's treachery in
dark or convenient for the future wife bringing her brother down to Freshwater.
that the future husband should not know. She was too strong, and too much mistress
Terms might be yet bad, although Lady of her will, to be cheated pow out of her
Ongar had refused to pay anything beyond advantage. “ Madame Gordeloup;, that
that trumpery twenty pounds. Terms attitude is absurd ;-I beg you will get
might be had; or, indeed, it might be that up.".
Lady Ongar herself, when her anger was " Never; never till you have pardoned
over, might sue for a reconciliation. Or me. And Sophie crouched still lower,
Sophie, and this idea occurred as Sophie till she was all among the dressing-cases
herself became a little despondent after and little bags at the bottom of the carriage.
long caleulation, - Sophie herself might " I will not get up till you say the words,
acknowledge herself to be wrong, begging Sophie, dear, I forgive you."
pardon, and weeping on her friend's neck. “ Then I fear you will bave an uncom-
Perhaps it might be worth while to make fortable drive. Luckily it will be very
some further calculation in bed. Then short. It is only half-an-hour to Yarmouth."
Sophie, softly drawing the notes towards “ And I will kneel again on board the
her as a cat might have done, and hiding packet; and on the --- what you call, plat-
them somewhere about her person, also went form, and in the railway carriage, - and
to her room.

in the street. I will kneel to my Julie
In the morning Lady Ongar prepared everywhere, till she say, Sophie, dear, I
herself for starting at eight o'clock, and, as forgive you!"
a part of that preparation, had her break- "Madame Gordeloup, pray understand
fast brought to her upstairs. When the me ; between you and me there shall be no
time was up, she descended to the sitting- further intimacy."
room on the way to the carriage, and there “ No!"
she found -Sophie also prepared for a jour- “ Certainly not. No further explanation
ney.

is necessary, but our intimacy has certainly ** I am going too. You will let me go ?” come to an end." said Sophie.

“ It has." " Certainly," said Lady Ongar. "I pro- “ Undoubtedly.” posed to you to do so yesterday.”

“ Julie !" “ You should not be be so hard upon your

“ That is such nonsense. Madame Gorpoor friend,” said Sophie. This was said in deloup, you are disgracing yourself by your the hearing of Lady Ongar's maid and of proceedings." two waiters, and Lady ‘Ongar made no “: Oh! disgracing myself, am I?” In reply to it. When they were in the car- saying this, Sophie picked herself up from riage together, the maid being then stowed amony the dressing-cases, and recovered away in a dickey or rumble behind, Sophie her seat. “I am disgracing myself! Well, again whined and was repentant. “ Julie, I know very well whose disgrace is the most you should not be so hard upon your poor talked about in the world, yours or mine. Sophie.”

Disgracing myself ; - and from you ? What " It seems to me that the hardest things did your husband say of you himself?” said were spoken by you.”

Lady Ongar began to feel that even a " Then I will beg your pardon. I am very short journey might be too long. So impulsive. I do not restrain myself. When phie was now quite up, and was wriggling I am. angry I say I know not what. If I herself on her seat, adjusting her clothes said any words that were wrong, I will which her late attitude bad disarranged, apologize, and beg to be forgiven, there, not in the most graceful manner. - on my knees." And, as she spoke, the " You shall see," she continued. adroit little woman contrived to get herself you shall see. Tell me of disgrace! I have down upon her knees on the floor of the only disgraced myself by being with you. carriage. “ There; say that I am forgiven; Ah, -- very well. Yes; I will get out. As say that Sophie is pardoned.” The little for being quiet, I shall be quiet whenever I woman had calculated that even should her like it. I know when to talk and when to Julie pardon her, Julie would hardly con- hold my tongue. Disgrace!" So saying, descend to ask for the two ten-pound 'notes. she stepped out of the carriage, leaning on

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CHAPTER XXX.

the arm of a boatman who had come to the
door, and who had heard her last words.
It

may be imagined that all this did not DOODLES IN MOUNT STREET. contribute much to the comfort of Lady Ongar. They were now on the little pier CAPTAIN CLAVERING and Captain Boodle at Yarmouth, and in five minutes every bad, as may be imagined, discussed at great one there knew who she was, and knew also length and with much frequency the results that there had been some disagreement be of the former captain's negotiations with tween her and the little foreigner. The the Russian spy, and it had been declared eyes of the boatmen, and of the drivers, and strongly by the latter captain, and ultimateof the other travellers, and of the natives go- ly admitted by the former, that those results ing over to the market at Lymington, were were not satisfactory. Seventy pounds had all on her, and the eyes also of all the idlers been expended, and, so to say, nothing had of Yarmouth who had congregated there to been accomplished. It was in vain that watch the despatch of the early boat. But Archie, unwilling to have it thought that he she bore it well, seating berself, with her had been worsted in diplomacy, argued that maid beside her, on one of the benches on with these political personages, and especialthe deck, and waiting there with patience ly with Russian political personages, the till the boat should start. Sophie once or ambages were everything,

that the pretwice muttered the word “ disgrace !” but liminaries were in fact the whole, and that beyond that she remained silent.

when they were arranged, the thing was done. They crossed over the little channel with- Doodles proved to demonstration that the out a word, and without a word made their thing was not done, and that seventy pounds way up to the railway-station. Lady Ongar was too much for mere preliminaries. “My had been too confused to get tickets for dear fellow," he said, speaking I fear with some their journey at Yarmouth, but had paid on scorn in his voice, " where are you ? That's board the boat for the passage of the three what I want to know. Where are you

? persons herself, her maid, and Sophie. Jnst nowhere.” This was true. All that But, at the station at Lymington, the more Archie had received from Madame Gordeimportant business of taking tickets for the loup in return for his last payment, was an journey to London became necessary, Lady intimation that no immediate day could be Ongar had thought of this on her journey at present named for a renewal of his peracross the water, and, when at the railway- sonal attack upon the countess ; but that a station, gave her purse to her maid, whisper- day might be named when he should next ing her orders. The girl took three first come to Mount Street, - provision, of course, class tickets, and then going gently up to being made that he should come with a due Madame Gordeloup, offered one to that qualification under his glove. Now the lady. " Ah, yes; very well; I understand,” | original basis on which Archie was to carry said Sophie, taking the ticket. “I shall take on his suit had been arranged to be this, this ;” and she held the ticket up in her that Lady Ongar should be made to know hand, as though she had some specially that he was there; and the way in which mysterious purpose in accepting it.

Doodles had illustrated this precept by the She got into the same carriage with artistic and allegorical use of his heel was Lady Ongar and her maid, but spoke no still fresh in Archie's memory. The meetword on her journey up to London. Ating in which they had come to that satisfacBasingstoke she had a glass of sherry, for tory understanding had taken place early which Lady Ongar's maid paid. Lady Oo- in the spring, and now June was coming on, gar had telegraphed for ber carriage, which and the countess certainly did not as yet was waiting for her, but Sophie betook her- know that her suitor was there! If anyself to a cab. “ Shall I pay the cabman, thing was to be done by the Russian spy it ma'am ? " said the maid. Yes,” said So- should be done quickly, and Doodles didi phie," or stop. It will be half-a-crown. not refrain from expressing his opinion that You had better give me the half-crown." | his friend was putting his foot into it," and The maid did so, and in this way the care- making a mull of the whole thing." Now ful Sophie added another shilling to her Archie Clavering was a man not eaten up. store, - over and above the twenty pounds, by the vice of self-confidence, but prone - knowing well that the fare to Mount rather to lean upon his friends and anxious Street was eighteen-pence.

for the aid of counsel in difficulty.

“ Always

“ What the devil is a fellow to do?” he himself he can never make so good a barasked. “ Perhaps I had better give it all gain as another can make for him. That up. Everybody says that she is as proud as stands to reason. And I can be blunter Lucifer; and, after all, nobody knows what with her about it than you can; — can go rigs she has been up to.”

straight at it, you know; and you may be But this was by no means the view which sure of this, she won't get any money from Doodles was inclined to take. He was a me, unless I get the marbles for it.” man who in the field never gave up a race “ You'll take some with you, then?” because he was thrown out at the start, “Well, yes ; that is, if it's convenient. having perceived that patience would We were talking of going two or three achieve as much, perhaps, as impetuosity: hundred pounds, you know, and you've only He had ridden many a waiting race, and gone seventy as yet. Suppose you hand me had won some of them. He was never so over the odd thirty. If she gets it out of me sure of his hand at billiards as when the easy, tell me my name isn't Boodle.” score was strong against him.

There was much in this that was disfight whilst there's any fight left in you,” tasteful to Captain Clavering, but at last was a maxim with him. He never surren- he submitted, and handed over the thirty dered a bet as lost, till the evidence as to pounds to his friend. Then there was conthe facts was quite conclusive, and had siderable doubt whether the ambassador taught himself to regard any chance, be it should announce himself by a note, but it ever so remote, as a kind of property. was decided at last that his arrival should

“ Never say die,” was his answer to Ar- not be expected. If he did not find the lady chie's remark, You see, Clavvy, you have at home or disengaged on the first visit, or still a few good cards, and you can never on the second, he might on the third or the know what a woman really mear.s till you fourth. He was a persistent, patient little have popped yourself. As to what she did man, and assured his friend that he would when she was away, and all that, you certainly see Madame Gordeloup before a see when a woman has got seven thousand week had passed over their heads. a year in her own right, it covers a multi- On the occasion of his first visit to Mount tude of sins."

Street, Sophie Gordeloup was enjoying her “ Of course, I know that."

retreat in the Isle of Wight. When he called “ And why should a fellow be uncharita- the second time she was in bed, the fatigue ble? If a man is to believe all that he hears, of her journey on the previous day, - the by George, they're all much of a muchness, day on which she had actually risen at seven For my part I never believe anything.. I o'clock in the morning, — having, oppressed always suppose every horse will run to win; her much. She had returned in the cab and though tbere may be a cross now and alone, and had occupied herself much on again, that's the surest line to go upon. D’you the same evening. Now that she was to be understand me now?” Archie said that of parted from her Julie, it was needful that course he understood him; but I fancy that she should be occupied. She wrote a long Doodles had gone a little too deep for Ar- letter to her brother, — much more confichie's intellect.

dential than her letters to him had lately " I should say, drop this woman, and go been, - telling him how much she bad sufat the widow yourself at once."

fered on his behalf, and describing to him * And lose all my seventy pounds for with great energy the perverseness, malignothing!”

nity, and general pigbeaderiness of her late “ You're not soft enough to suppose that friend. Then she wrote an anonymous letyou'll ever get it back again, I hope ?” ter to Mrs. Burton, whose name and address Archie assured his friend that he was not soft she had learned, after having ascertained enough for any such hope as that, and then from Archie the fact of Harry Clavering's the two remained silent for a while, deeply engagement. In this letter she described considering the posture of the affair. " I'll the wretched wiles by which that horrid tell you what I'll do for you,” said Doodles; woman Lady Ongar was struggling to keep " and upon my word I think it will be the Harry and Miss Burton apart. best thing."

bad, but it is true,” said the diligent little wo " And what's that?”

“ She has been seen in his embrace ; " I'll go to this woman myself.”

I know it." After that she dressed and “ Wbat; to Lady Ongar?”

went out into society, — the society of which “ No; but to the spy, as you ca'l her. she bad boasted as being open to her, Principals are never the best for this kind to the house of some hanger-on of some emof work. When a man has to pay the money bassy, and listened, and whispered, and

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laughed when some old sinner joked with “Oh, Captain Bood-dle; it is English her, and talked poetry to a young man who name, I suppose

?" was foolish and lame, but who had some “ Certainly, ma'am, certainly. Altogether money, and got a glass of wine and a cake English, I believe. Our Boodles come for nothing, and so was very busy; and on out of Warwickshire; small property near her return home calculated that her cab-hire Leamington, – doosed small, I'm sorry to for the evening had been judiciously spent. say.” But her diligence had been so great that

She looked at him very hard, and was when Captain Boodle called the next morn- altogether unable to discover what was the ing at twelve o'clock she was still in bed. Had nature or probable mode of life of the she been in dear Paris, or in dearer Vienna, young man before her. She had lived much that would not have hindered her from re- in England, and had known Englishmen of ceiving the visit ; but in pigheaded London many classes, but she could not remember this could not be done ; and, therefore, when that she had ever become conversant with she bad duly scrutinized Captain Boodle's such a one as he who was now before her. card, and had learned from the servant that Was he a gentleman, or might he be Captain Boodle desired to see herself on very housebreaker ? “ A doosed small property parti«ular business, she made an appoint- near Leamington," she said, repeating the ment with him for the following day. words after him. “Oh!”

On the following day at the same hour “But my visit to you, ma'am, has nothing Doodles came and was shown up into her to do with that." room. He had scrupulously avoided any Nothing to do with the small property." smartness of apparel, calculating that a

Nothing in life.” Newmarket costume would be, of all dresses, “ Then, Captain Bood-Ule, what may it the most efficacious in filling her with an have to do with ?” idea of his smartness ; whereas Archie had Hereupon Doodles took a chair, not hav. probably injured himself much by his pol- ing been invited to go through that cereished leather boots, and general newness of mony. According to the theory created in clothing. Doodles, therefore, wore a cut- her mind at the instant, this man was not at away coat, a coloured shirt with a fogle all like an English captain. Captain is an round his neck, old brown trowsers that fit- unfortunate title, somewhat equivalent to ted very tightly round bis legs, and was the foreign count, — unfortunate in this recareful to take no gloves with him. He was spect, that it is easily adopted by many a man with a small bullet head, who wore whose claims to it are very slight. Archie his hair cut very short, and had no other Clavering, with his polished leather boots, beard than a slight appendage on his lower had looked like a captain, — had come up to chin. He certainly did possess a consider- her idea of a captain, — but this man! able look of smartness, and when he would The more she regarded him, the stronger in knit his brows and nod bis head, some men her mind became the idea of the housewere apt to think that it was not easy to get breaker. on the soft side of him.

• My business, ma'am, is of a very deliSophie on this occasion was not yed cate nature, – of a nature very delicate with that becoming negligence which had indeed. But I think that you and I, who graced her appearance when Captain Clav- understand the world, may soon come to ering had called. She knew that a visitor understand each other." was coming, and the questionably white "Oh, you understand the world. Very wrapper had been exchanged for an ordinary well, sir. Go on." dress. This was regretted, rather than other- “ Now, ma'am, money is money, you wise, by Captain Boodle, who had received know.” from Archie a description of the lady's ap- “ And a goose is a goose ; but what of pearance, and who had been anxious to see that?" the spy in her proper and peculiar habili- “ Yes; a goose is a goose, and some peo

It must be remembered that Sophie ple are not geese. Nobody, ma'am, would knew nothing of her present visitor, and think of calling you a goose. was altogether unaware that be was in any “I hope not. It would be so uncivil, way connected with Captain Clavering. even an Englishman would not say it. Will

* You are Captain Boddle,” she said, look- you go on?” ing hard at Doodles, as he bowed to her on think you have the pleasure of knowentering the room.

ing Lady Ongar ?" " Captain Boodle, ma'am ; at your ser- * Knowing who ?” said Sophie, almost vice."

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